Wow, am I unique in my views of automated driving? First, I think it will completely change things as we know it. 1) Wouldn't all cars go to be the same or even provided by the state? What incentive would there be to have a nice car if all have to drive the same? Maybe nice interior, but handling, performance, and the notion of "youness" in the car is gone if you are not driving it. Its just a box. 2) I would expect car pooling to increase. Why would the 1 person per car be needed if they can go around and pick up neighbors and pick up your kids for you and so on. Right now a husband and wife work at the same place and drive separate (gas guzzling) cars where I work. This silliness will end with automatic cars. 3) Kids. No driving licensense or anything anymore. No DUI, no checkpoints. None of the "routine traffic stops" gone bad. 4) Odds are better speeds and throughput. Traffic lights will be better optimized. Tailgating will be normal.
I look forward to this. The changes will be immense, and the transition will be interesting. I would love to not drive and do other things while commute in safety and not have to worry about my car and just have a car.